JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Non-perishable food items are needed for the nation's largest one-day food drive in the United States. Letter carriers expect a long day on their routes for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
"Tomorrow is the one day that we hope we come back with a bigger load than we go out with," Barry Bode, Jonesboro letter carrier said. "We're very blessed to have a job and to feed our family."
Bode is one of many letter carriers and volunteers who will be looking for plastic bags left at Region 8 residences.
"One hungry child is too many," Bode said. "I can't imagine the heartbreak of not being able to feed your child." Arkansas ranks second in the nation for at-risk children.
"The children that normally depend on the school lunch program won't have that to fall back on," Bode said. "School will be getting out soon and the parents will be having to provide lunches for those kids. The backpack program works very well during the school year to feed the kids over the weekends. That won't be on-going. There a great need this time of year--as well as donations are down this time of year."
If you forget to put out food donations on May 14, you can still leave by the mailbox the following Monday.
Last year's drive collected approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food that was left in bags next to postal customers' mailboxes.
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